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a blog by Chris Barrow

What to do when (not if) you suffer from imposter syndrome

A characteristic I notice frequently as I listen to clients is “imposter syndrome”, so called because there are times when we don’t feel worthy enough to carry the responsibilities of leadership.

Imposter syndrome happens when we compare our inside to other people’s outside.

Always a mistake.

One of the benefits of being a coach is the realisation that everyone has an inside that is very different from their outside and that imposter syndrome is a daily occurrence for most of us.

It’s how we deal with it that matters, not how we remove it.

The very best way to deal with imposter syndrome is to share your feelings of insecurity with a trusted friend or advisor (not with your family or your team – they will panic and head for the lifeboats).

The good friend or mentor will share their own insecurities, help you to accept your own and ask you to move forward.

You are a leader.

Sometimes leadership is about that touch of humility that allows you to say:

Follow me I have made this journey I survived the trials I pushed through the pain I overcame my own imposter syndrome I made it to the summit Now I’m going to show you the way Follow me

If you experience imposter syndrome this week – listen to my voice in your head saying “that makes two of us.”

Then shine a light.

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